What fuel is for a car, proper rest is to the body. When a person doesn’t receive enough quality sleep they can be exceedingly tired and vulnerable to being sick due to weakened immunity. Also, all that healthy eating and exercising doesn’t do any good to you if you’re not sleeping enough at night. Researchers have found out that taking a nap during the day can improve your health and the way your brain works.
Naps of different duration may affect your brain and body in a different way. So what’s the ideal length of a nap?
- 10-20 minutes: This power nap is ideal to boost alertness and energy. A nap this long, limits you to non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, which makes it easier to function once you are awake.
- 30 minutes: Sleeping for half an hour will cause sleep inertia, a hangover like groggy feeling that may last up to 30 minutes after you wake up, after that you will feel rejuvenated.
- 60 minutes: This nap is best for sharpening your memory like remembering facts, faces and names. It includes slow wave sleep, which is the deepest form of sleep.
- 90 minutes: Sleeping for one and half hour completes the full cycle of sleep, including REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and may take you to dreaming stage. This leads to improved emotional and procedural memory, creativity and releases stress. A nap of this length will not put you in sleep inertia and makes it easier to wake up too.
Health Benefits of Daytime Naps:
- Aids in weight loss
- Helps improve memory
- Helps in avoiding premature aging
- Improves alertness and performance
- Aids in cell repair
So go ahead, snooze!